Down the Road a Piece | John McDonald


Visiting Maine for the Bicentennial? You’re in luck! In Down the Road a Piece: A Storyteller’s Guide to Maine, popular Maine humorist, performer, and radio host John McDonald offers tips, stories, and observations—both true and well, not-quite-so-true—to tourists, natives and transplants to help them better “understand” the state of Maine and enjoy all it has to offer. McDonald provides his colorful version of Maine “history,” gives his take on destinations in the state that should not be missed, helps interpret Maine-Speak, and offers tips on where to shop, what authentic Maine food to eat (or avoid), and much, much more. This revised bicentennial edition is even more hilarious as the original.

Written by John McDonald
Format: Softcover Chapter Book
Length: 155 pages
Publication Date: 2005
ISBN: 9780976323136

Located at the Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner.

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About the Artist

John McDonald, now regarded as a dean of Maine storytelling, got his start as a performer playing at local Downeast Maine events in the 1970s before catching his first big break when he was asked to perform on stage with the legendary Marshall Dodge and Kendall Morse at Ellsworth’s Strand Theater in 1980. In the years since that event, McDonald has performed for audiences across New England, released two audio recordings, and written four books, including the now-classic, A Moose and a Lobster Walk into Bar.

McDonald grew up in Rhode Island, but spent summer in Tenants Harbor, Maine, where he listened to the oldtimers tell stories at the local stores and on fishing docks. He graduated from Providence College with a degree in English and in 1971 he moved with his wife, Ann, to Cherryfield, Maine. He worked as a DJ for an Ellsworth radio station that played Big Band music and as a bureau reporter for the Bangor Daily News. In 1981, he moved to Portland where he worked as a reporter for the Portland Press Herald. He was increasingly hired to perform as a storyteller, and in 1991, he began his own radio talk show at WGAN.

In the 1990s, McDonald also began writing a weekly newspaper column. In 2002, a collection of those columns was combined with a handful of other stories to create the book, A Moose and a Lobster Walk in the Bar, which has sold tens of thousands of copies, making it not only one of the most successful local books of all time, but making it a true Maine classic. Following the success of that first book with Islandport Press, McDonald published Down the Road a Piece: A Storyteller’s Guide to Maine and John McDonald’s Maine Trivia, and released a CD, Ain’t He Some Funny! What’s in a Name? is his fourth book from Islandport Press. McDonald lives in South Portland with his wife, Anne.

Additional Details

Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 7 × .5 in